How to transfer 5+GB files from Snow Leopard to Windows 7?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by scissorband, Feb 21, 2010.

  1. scissorband macrumors member

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    I have several large files bigger than 5GB on my Snow Leopard partition and an external hard drive to save them on to so I can transfer them to my Windows 7 partition. FAT32 wouldn't let me copy the files onto the external drive so what can I do to transfer these files?
     
  2. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Install NTFS 3G on your Mac to add NTFS write support and copy the file to an NTFS formatted drive.
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Your problem isn't transferring the files. FAT32 doesn't support files larger than 4GB. You need to format your W7 partition as NTFS.
     
  4. 1ofthedavids macrumors regular

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    You should have read-only access to your SL partition while booted into Windows 7. Just browse to the files and copy them over to your Windows 7 partition.

    Another option is installing NTFS-3g under SL to give you write-access to your Boot Camp partition. I've been using NTFS-3g for quite a while and haven't had any big issues. Do some basic searching and you'll find all the information you'll need.
     
  5. 1ofthedavids macrumors regular

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    It appears that his external drive was formatted FAT32. I'm almost certain that Win7 can't even be installed on a FAT32 formatted partition.
     
  6. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Yup, Win7 is NTFS only...it can't be installed on FAT32 (unless you can hack it on there, out of the box it requires NTFS)
     
  7. Peace macrumors Core

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    That is the best way. I do it all the time with videos.
     

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